Good points Mike.
For dowels, I made a block of wood with several different size holes in it, in which the holes were ~1/64" larger in diameter than the dowel they were made for, i.e. 17/64" for a 1/4" dowel, etc. Then I hammered a nail through the side of the block into the hole so its point protruded into the hole ~1/32"-1/16" depending on the size of the dowel. Then I would drive a length of dowel shaft through the hole to score up its side, doing this a couple of times ~ 180° apart. After this I would cut them up, chamfer the ends & drill the dowel hole a touch deep as you noted above. Works well when you don't have any ready made dowels on hand.
Last edited by Al Launier; 02-07-2014 at 06:48 PM.
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